New Customer FAQ’s
Q1. What is South Fork Coeur d’Alene River Sewer District (District)?
A1. The District is a government entity utility authorized under Idaho Code 42-3201 for the purpose of promoting the health, safety, prosperity, security and general welfare of the inhabitants of the District. We provide wastewater collection, transport and treatment.
Q2. Does the District provide drinking water?
A2. No, we are strictly a wastewater utility. Drinking water is provided by East Shoshone Water District from Mullan to Silverton, Central Shoshone Water District from Osburn to Smelterville, and Pinehurst Water District in Pinehurst. Please contact them directly for their fees and connection requirements.
Q3. What area does South Fork Coeur d’Alene River Sewer District cover?
A3. Mullan to Pinehurst (except City of Smelterville)
Q4. What does South Fork Coeur d’Alene River Sewer District do?
A4. We own the interceptor that transports wastewater to the treatment plants, and we treat the wastewater. We also own collection lines in the areas outside the cities of Mullan, Wallace, Osburn and Kellogg.
Q5. Does South Fork Coeur d’Alene River Sewer District own the entire sewer system?
A5. No, the city of Mullan, Wallace, Osburn and Kellogg own and maintain their own collection systems and charge customers separately for collecting wastewater. The wastewater is transported through the District’s interceptor to the treatment plants and treated by the District. (The city of Smelterville collects and treats their own wastewater).
Q6. Is there a separate bill for collections in the cities of Mullan, Wallace, Osburn and Kellogg?
A6. Yes, please contact them directly for the costs associated. Note: If you live in one of the cities listed above, you will receive two sewer bills. One from South Fork Coeur d’Alene River Sewer District and one from the city you live in.
Q7. What is the difference in costs at South Fork Coeur d’Alene River Sewer District?
A7. The South Fork Coeur d’Alene River Sewer District has a rate of $105 quarterly for interceptor/treatment per ERU and a rate of $111 per quarter for collection/interceptor/treatment per ERU. We also charge commercial users based on water usage (please ask for additional information if you are a commercial user)
Q8. How often does South Fork Coeur d’Alene River Sewer District bill its customers?
A8. We bill quarterly on the first business day of the quarter, with the payment due the last day of the quarter. Our billing quarters are as follows:
December 1st - February 28th
March 1st – May 31st
June 1st – August 31st
September 1st - November 30th
Q9. What is the homeowner’s responsibility?
A9. The homeowner is responsible for maintenance and repair of the service from the connection at the collection main (typically in the street) to the building.
Q10. What is a NUFF (also known as a permit/connection fee)?
A10. New User Facility Fee: a fee to allow connection of a new service lateral to the collection line.
Q11. What does the NUFF cover?
A11. The purpose of the NUFF charge is to cover the cost to transport and treat wastewater. Building new pipes, pump stations and treatment plants is expensive. The NUFF ensures that the cost of infrastructure is distributed to customers fairly and helps make sure that “growth pays for growth.”
Q12. Does the NUFF cover construction costs?
A12. No, the customer needs to hire a licensed contractor to provide the correct pipe and installation of the new lateral to the collection line.
Q13. Is there a separate NUFF for the cities of Mullan, Wallace, Osburn and Kellogg?
A13. Yes, please contact them directly for the costs associated. Beware, they may have a different name for this fee such as a Service Connection Charge or Capitalization Fee.
Q14. What is the process for connecting a property to the South Fork Coeur d’Alene River Sewer District?
A14. Contact South Fork Coeur d’Alene River Sewer District to start the permit process, complete the paperwork, pay the NUFF, then be sure to call us to have the connection inspected before your contractor covers it. If this connection is in the City of Mullan, Wallace, Osburn or Kellogg, please contact them for their connection process as well.
Q15. How do I find out more about South Fork Coeur d’Alene River Sewer District?
A15. Visit www.southforksd.com or call 208-753-8041
Collection Line: Main sewer line in the street that conveys flow from multiple service connections
ERU: Equivalent Residential Unit
Interceptor: Large pipe that transports wastewater from the collection lines to the treatment plant
Lateral: Sewer service pipe from the house to the collection line
NUFF: New user facility fee
Agency Contact List:
South Fork Coeur d’Alene River Sewer District 208-753-8041
City of Mullan 208-744-1515
City of Wallace 208-752-1147
City of Osburn 208-752-0001
City of Kellogg 208-786-9131
City of Smelterville 208-786-3351
East Shoshone Water District: Covers Mullan to Silverton 208-752-1174
Central Shoshone Water District: Covers Osburn to Smelterville 208-786-9141
Pinehurst Water District: Covers Pinehurst 208-682-3611
December 1st Billing
Service Months: December, January, February
Due February 28th
March 1st Billing
Service Months: March, April, May
Due May 31st
June 1st Billing
Service Months:June, July, August
Due August 31st
September 1st Billing
Service Months: September, October, November
Due November 30th
Quarterly Billing as of March 2018
Residential District/Interceptor $111 ($37 Monthly)
Residential Contract $105 ($35 Monthly)
Business District/Interceptor $114 ($38 Monthly)
Business Contract $108 ($36 Monthly)
To pay monthly, send a check with your account number in the memo line to:
P.O. Box 783
Osburn, ID 83849
Residents of Mullan, Wallace, Osburn and Kellogg:
You have two sewer bills, the city in which you live and South Fork CDA River Sewer District. The city owns and maintains the sewer lines from the street to our interceptor, which carries the wastewater to our treatment plant. We treat the wastewater as well as maintain the interceptor.
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